Criterion: 'We will make another Burnout game'

Creative director Craig Sullivan confirms studio will "at some point" make new entry in series; teases company may develop Road Rash game next.

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Criterion may be focused on the Need for Speed series at present, but that does not mean the company is abandoning its Burnout franchise. Speaking to The Guardian, Criterion creative director Craig Sullivan pledged the Guildford, London studio will return to the series at some point in the future.

Criterion is not yet burned out on Burnout.

"There's still a lot of stuff we want to do with driving," Sullivan said. "We will make another Burnout game at some point. Obviously, as we're working on NFS we're thinking of really good ideas that aren't right for this series; there are ideas that we're going to explore with Burnout. And we wouldn't be making NFS or Burnout games if we didn't think the driving genre had a long shelf life and that we could push the boundaries."

The most recent core Burnout game Criterion made was 2008's Burnout Paradise. The studio took the franchise to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network in 2011 with Burnout Crash, and is currently wrapping up development on Need for Speed: Most Wanted, due out October 30.

As for where Criterion may head in the future, Sullivan teased that the studio may develop something without vehicles at all, but a Road Rash game is more likely.

"We might make a Road Rash game…But then we might make a game without vehicles in it," he said. "I mean, we made Black, I was the lead designer; we might make a game about blowing the crap out of each other. But Road Rash seems like a good fit for Criterion…"

In 2009, Electronic Arts re-trademarked Road Rash, but nothing has come of it since.

Discussion

2 comments
bmart970
bmart970

Cool, Burnout Paradise is cool, but it's getting pretty old, it's been out for 5 years now.

thefallengamer
thefallengamer

As long as they stay the hell away from NFS, I don't care what they do.

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

Burn out , ridge racer and sonic's racing games are the only racing games i am actually good at ;)

i really suck at GT or forza, stupid games :P

Vorheez
Vorheez

OH PLEASE LORD OF MERCY GIMME A ROAD RASH GAME NOWW

banana23man
banana23man

I hope we see something like Burnout Revenge. That was perhaps the best arcade racing I've had the chance to play.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

I hope they make Road Rash, at least we'll finally get a sequel to that awesome IP. I'm not big on them making NFS games because they feel more like Burnout games than NFS. But if no one else can make a decent NFS game I don't know what to say...

GeorgeSyll
GeorgeSyll

I don't care about what they want to make as long as it's not another Need for Speed game. Period.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Well if it doesn't offer split screen local-multiplayer I don't really see the point of making another one. From Burnout 3 (which was awesome) to today the series has largely left me not giving a crap about what they make next.

Fezzinator101
Fezzinator101

A new Road Rash game would be awesome. Make it happen Criterion. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I don't think a new Road Rash game, regardless of who made it, would meet the expectations of gamers. Games of that era don't seem to do too well by todays standards; developers always seem to overcomplicate the core gameplay. // I'd absolutely love a new Black. Even now there's just something about that game which helps it stand-out for me. But honestly I'm not all that excited for a new Burnout.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Yes please.  I'm no snob, all the Burnouts had a great deal to offer.

 

Criterion makes another, and I'll play that next one over 100 hours, just like the others.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

With them at the helm I'd rather not see Road Rash come back.....

They destroyed NFS, and they'll destroy anything good about Road Rash.....

It's obvious all of EA's studios are filled with morons anymore....

Stardust7
Stardust7

Burnout revenge was the last burnout to me...I hope they make a burnout so good as burnout revenge or better if possible....Burnout Revenge's soundtrack was the best that i've ever seen in one game...so please .. fill the game of cool musics like they did with revenge ( rock ,hardcore , industrial ...).Paradise soundtracks sucked lol  ...

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

Another Road Rash or Burnout game would be sweet!

sanechupp
sanechupp

It seems so stupid not to make Burnout, people like this game so make it. It's the same with a lot of games. Then they take Call of Duty and shove it down your throat

kind of. Call of Duty doesn't even have building destruction, it should be like Mercenaries.

 

azumabob
azumabob

I would love a Road Rash reboot : )

brgreen
brgreen

Another burnout will be nice but what about another BLACK game?

minimme
minimme

I'd be happy with another burnout game, and another road rash could be cool been a while since ive seen that name

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

road rash might be cool but another burnout would be awesome!!

Saketume
Saketume

I like Burnout 3: Takedown.

Alot went right in the production of that one.

 

I never cared much for Need for Speed.

Road Rash ~ I don't know. Some people love it more than pizza. I had a few laughs playing it with friends but I never got into it.

itchyflop
itchyflop

road rash please imagine that awesomeness 

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Oh......My.......God..... Please, for the love of all that is good, make Road Rash. I have been waiting too long.

XBlade1X
XBlade1X

Road Rash has been long overdue for a sequel/reboot. I don't know if I would want criterion handling it though, I think it would have to be a little bit more gritty than they are used to.

brok
brok

I thought Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted pretty much WERE Burnout games... not that I'm complaining at all- Need For Speed is interesting again for the first time in years because of them. Road Rash possibilities certainly spark my interest too.

 

What I'd REALLY like to see Criterion do, though, is combine Burnout with Black- and make an action sandbox so incredibly awesome it'd melt your eyes.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

A Burnout game would be great for the Xbox 720 and PS4 as launch titles. Criterion could make it happen since at least the Xbox 720 is believed to be launching in Nov 2013.

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

Oh god, Road Rash by Criterion sounds awesome.  FUND IT!

redmario217
redmario217

I hope it's not another Burnout Crash. An another Road Rash game might be interesting.

Even a follow-up to Paradise would've been a better idea.

SolidTy
SolidTy

This is Criterion's bread and butter, this isn't a surprise to me.

Cliffy_T
Cliffy_T

Oh a new Road Rash would be totally wicked.  I have fond memories of Road Rash 2 and 3 on Genesis.  Maybe make it open world like the Need For Speed games.

ninja-legend
ninja-legend

Oh, man, Road Rash. That takes me back. I may have to did those old games up.

Tekken312
Tekken312

I have such fond memories of Road Rash. The sweet simplicity of braining another biker with a pipe was awesome.

rudyv30
rudyv30

Not sure I could do another Burnout after Burnout with real cars, I mean NFS MW.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Burnout Revenge was one of the first games that I had an absolute blast with on 360, and Paradise was even better. A new series entry is way overdue

keviac
keviac

@banana23man I liked three better, you could crash into the rears of cars and that game included my favorite band ever, Chronic future! But even beside that really had one of the best sound tracks ever.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

 @PlatinumPaladin Road Rash might not meet the glowy expectations of older players, but we still  need a Motorcycle racing game. i haven't seen one for many years. The last RR game suffered from the gameplay not concentrating on the fighting. it's driving model was too simplistic to make the racing interesting.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Stardust7 While I do agree that Revenge was a better game than Paradise, my reasons for that extend beyond the mere soundtrack.

gunnplay
gunnplay

 @rudyv30 I could.  NFS MW doesn't even have a realistic crash model.  Do you remember the crashes in Paradise?

Stardust7
Stardust7

 @PlatinumPaladin  I have more reasons to prefer revenge too lol ...about the soundtrack ..its just my personal opinion ...but I'll never say something like "mere soundtrack" ..Firstly because i love music...Secondly because the soundtrack is very important to any game ,movies etc....The soundtracks can stir up emotions  ...

shadow580
shadow580

 @Stardust7  lol, the soundtrack was a complete mismash of just about everything. I don't know about you but classical songs really didn't get me fired up when driving at 300km/h. It didn't help either to hear Paradise City every single time when the game started.

crazynotstupid
crazynotstupid

 @Stardust7  @PlatinumPaladin Yes the soundtrack can add a lot to the atmosphere of the game indeed. The original NFSMW had an excellent soundtrack and no NFS game since has had that. I have never played a Burnout game because I've never owned a console post '98. I hope this time they release the game on PC.